The Latest: 3 anti-Trump protesters arrested in California

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Posted: Mar 25, 2017 5:35 PM

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on violence at a pro-Trump rally in Southern California (all times local):

2:35 p.m.

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of illegal use of pepper spray following a scuffle at a rally to support President Donald Trump at a Southern California beach.

Capt. Kevin Pearsall of California State Parks Police says the arrests happened when counter-protesters sprayed pro-Trump supporters.

He says the march of about 2,000 people had started around noon Saturday when its leaders reached a group of about 30 counter-protesters, some of whom began spraying the irritant.

The Los Angeles Times reports (goo.gl/3C88wT) that an anti-Trump protester allegedly doused the event's organizer and was set upon in the sand at Bolsa Chica State Beach by a group of Trump supporters.

Pearsall says there were several other arrests and two people suffered minor injuries.

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1:50 p.m.

KCBS-TV reports that people were arrested after fights broke out during a rally to support President Donald Trump at a Southern California beach.

The TV station says that about 12:30 p.m. Saturday fights broke out between pro-Trump and anti-Trump protesters. KCBS reports that one person was pepper-sprayed by a demonstrator and another was punched.

The Los Angeles Times reports that an anti-Trump protester allegedly doused the organizer of the event with pepper spray and was set upon by a group of Trump supporters.

Huntington Beach police did not confirm the number of arrests, the TV station reported.

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1:30 p.m.

Violence broke out Saturday at a rally on a Southern California beach where supporters of President Donald Trump had gathered to march.

The extent of the clashes between Trump supporters and counter-protesters was not immediately clear.

The Orange County Register reports (goo.gl/dDSHZB) that hundreds of people were at Bolsa Chica State Beach for the event.

Counter-protesters said before the march began that they planned to try to stop its progress with a "human wall."

Authorities could not immediately be reached for details about any arrests.